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17 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 January, 2020 11:30:26 PM
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JICA to help implement Bangladesh Delta Plan

Govt approved the plan in Sept 2018 with the aim to achieve by 2100 ‘a safe and climate-resilient delta’
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka
JICA to help implement Bangladesh Delta Plan

The Japan government has assured Bangladesh that it would continue its assistance to help implement the Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP). Hitoshi Hirata, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) Bangladesh office, gave this assurance during a bilateral meeting with environment, forest and climate change minister Shahab Uddin at the Secretariat in the capital yesterday.

The government had approved the BDP on September 4, 2018, with the aim of achieving “a safe, climate-resilient and prosperous delta” by 2100.

“Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. So, JICA wants to work closely with Bangladesh on disaster management, infrastructure development, reduction of environmental pollution and climate change,” Hirata said.

He also said JICA’s priority was to ensure sustainable development in all sectors.

Thanking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for approving the BDP, Hirata said JICA would continue its cooperation to implement Bangladesh’s delta plan. “The government is working to prevent all pollution with a view to build a clean and green Bangladesh. It could strengthen its pollution reduction activities, especially with regard to chemical pollution, management of tannery waste and supply of solar panel sectors if JICA extends its cooperation in this respect,” Shahab Uddin said.

The minister informed the JICA chief that the government planned to set up research institutes at the local level and run new projects on the use of modern technology. Deputy Minister for environment, forest, and climate change Habibun Nahar, Ministry Secretary Ziaul Hasan, Additional Secretary Billal Hossain and high-ranking JICA officials were present at the meeting.

BDP 2100 is a combination of long-term strategies and interventions aimed at ensuring long-term water and food security, economic growth, and environmental sustainability while effectively reducing vulnerability to natural disasters and building resilience to climate change and other delta challenges. All this is hoped to be achieved through robust, adaptive and integrated strategies, and equitable water governance.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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